Villiers Tempts Smith With In-Form D’Ivina

Trainer Matthew Smith will have to weigh up whether to take an aggressive or conservative approach with talented mare Aqua D’Ivina in deciding if she tackles Saturday’s Group 2 $250,000 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick.

Win Bright Victorious In Hong Kong Cup

Win Bright produced a performance hallmarked with toughness to go with his considerable class to complete the Group 1 double of the LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (2000m) and April’s FWD QEII Cup (2000m) for trainer Yoshihiro Hatakeyama and jockey Masami Matsuoka.

Etah James Wins Pakenham Cup

Apprentice Fred Kersley notched the biggest win of his career and celebrated accordingly aboard Etah James in Saturday’s $300,000 Listed Sportsbet Pakenham Cup (2500m).

Patrick Erin Returns Home

Patrick Erin was set to contest last season’s Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m), however, an elevated temperature resulted in his scratching on the eve of the famous race.